Pontefract: Drink drive motorbiker's fatal smash - inquest

A MECHANIC disqualified from the roads for drink driving crashed while illegally riding his motorbike when more than twice over the alcohol limit.

An inquest into the death of Christopher Oldfield, 36, heard he lost control of his Suzuki motorbike on Park Road in Pontefract on May 27 this year just before 10.30pm.

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After sliding on its side along the road surface, the bike collided with two consecutive traffic islands, finally coming to rest after hitting some nearby street furniture.

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Mr Oldfield, of Holywell Lane, Glasshoughton, suffered severe multiple injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead a short time later at Pontefract General Infirmary.

Wakefield Coroner's Court heard that Mr Oldfield had been on his way to pick his girlfriend up and was running late.

Police crash investigator John Green estimated that he may have been travelling at around 58mph on the 40mph road when he failed to negotiate a left hand curve.

Toxicology tests carried out after the crash revealed he was around two-and-a-half times over the legal drink driving limit.

The court heard that in December 2009, he had been disqualified from driving until April 2011 following a drink driving charge and had begun using his motorcycle for work, fitting it with "cloned" number plates to avoid detection.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, West Yorkshire Coroner David Hinchcliff said: "Christopher had been disqualified from driving and apart from that he had consumed alcohol that day way in excess of the legal limit. That would have affected his judgement and co-ordination."

He added: "It was a very silly thing that Christopher did but very sadly he has paid the price for that."

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